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Film poster for Gonin
Directed by Takashi Ishii
Produced by Katsuhide Motoki
Taketo Niitsu
Takuto Niizu
Written by Takashi Ishii
Starring Takeshi Kitano
Kōichi Satō
Masahiro Motoki
Jinpachi Nezu
Kippei Shiina
Music by Goro Yasukawa
Cinematography Yasushi Sasakibara
Edited by Akimasa Kawashima
Release date
  • 23 September 1995 (1995-09-23) (Japan)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Gonin (Japanese: ゴニン (5人) or, in some English-language editions, The Five) is a 1995 film directed by Takashi Ishii and starring Takeshi Kitano, Kōichi Satō, and Masahiro Motoki. This was the first film Kitano starred in after his 1994 motorcycle accident. The eye patch the character wears was because his right eye was still leaking fluids.[1]


Bandai (Sato) is a disco owner whose business, following the collapse of Japan's "bubble economy", is slowly disintegrating, and who owes debts to local Yakuza money he cannot possibly pay. His solution is to rob the gangsters, for which purpose he assembles a team consisting of other casualties of the economic downturn—including a hustler (Motoki) who frequents his club (and who, depending on how you interpret the film's opening credits, may or may not have stabbed him in the face), a down-on-his-luck ex-cop (Jinpachi Nezu), an unbalanced salaryman (Naoto Takenaka), the extent of whose derangement is unclear until the film's most notorious and horrifying scene, and a Thai pimp (Kippei Shiina, in a strange, convincingly brain-damaged performance). The hastily planned heist goes off awkwardly, and the Yakuza start tracking down the conspirators, hiring a team of hitmen (Kitano and Kazuya Kimura) to take out the thieves.



  1. ^ "The Five (Gonin)". kitanotakeshi.com. Retrieved September 26, 2014. [self-published source]

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